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Hit and run claims. The questions

Sustaining personal injury in a road traffic accident will always be, at best, a distressing experience. However, in cases of more serious injury the consequences can be traumatic, both physically and emotionally.

This distress and trauma can be further compounded in so-called “hit and run” incidents, which can leave many unanswered questions and leave victims in a kind of legal limbo.

What is a hit and run accident?

Contrary to many perceptions, a hit and run accident is not simply one in which a pedestrian is hit by a driver who then speeds off. The following types of accident also fall under the description:

 

 

 

 

How common are hit and run accidents?

Hit and run car accidents are surprisingly common. In fact, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), one in ten drivers have experienced a collision of some sort with an uninsured motorist, with a number more the victims of drivers who cause accidents but then fail to stop.

What do to in the event of a hit and run

In the event that a person sustains injury in an incident involving a hit and run motorist and all attempts to trace the driver prove fruitless, a claim can be launched with the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement.

Furthermore, the MIB may provide payout in the event that the driver proves to be uninsured.

Notifying the police

All incidents involving uninsured and hit and run drivers must be reported to the police within strict time limits. Only once police and insurance investigators have attempted to find liable parties will it be possible to lodge a claim with the MIB.

George Ide LLP hit and run claims

George Ide’s specialist road traffic accident solicitors work with determination to trace hit and run drivers and to pursue uninsured driver claims through the MIB.

For sensitive and skilled service, talk to our partners in Chichester or Bognor Regis today.